Jerry Leiber Dead at 78 - wrote "I (Who Have Nothing)"
08-22-2011, 08:13 PM, (This post was last modified: 09-06-2011, 07:08 PM by Miguel.)
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Jerry Leiber Dead at 78 - wrote "I (Who Have Nothing)"
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"From left, Mike Stoller, Elvis Presley and Jerry Leiber at MGM Studios in 1957."

Quote:The team of Leiber and Stoller was formed in 1950, when Mr. Leiber was still a student at Fairfax High in Los Angeles and Mr. Stoller, a fellow rhythm-and-blues fanatic, was a freshman at Los Angeles City College. With Mr. Leiber contributing catchy, street-savvy lyrics and Mr. Stoller, a pianist, composing infectious, bluesy tunes, they set about writing songs with black singers and groups in mind.

...Jerome Leiber was born on April 25, 1933, in Baltimore, where his parents, Jewish immigrants from Poland, ran a general store. When Jerry was 5, his father died and his mother tried, with little success, to run a small store in one of the city’s worst slums. When he was 12, she took him to Los Angeles.

It was while attending Fairfax High in Los Angeles and working in Norty’s Record Shop that he met Leonard Sill, a promoter for Modern Records, and confessed that he wanted to be a songwriter. After Sill urged him to find a pianist who could help him put his ideas onto sheet music he met Mr. Stoller through a friend, and the two began writing together.

NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/arts/m...at-78.html


E Online ncluded videos of five of his and composer Mike Stoller's classic contributions. The last video is Haley's performance of ""I (Who Have Nothing)."

Quote:5. "I (Who Have Nothing):" Before there was "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," there was this gut-wrencher made famous by Shirley Bassey in 1963. The song's flare for dramatics continues to make it a favorite of American Idol contestants, including Haley Reinhart, who belted it out during this past spring's Leiber and Stoller night.

http://www.eonline.com/news/jerry_leiber...z1VoX0fMEg
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